The War that Saved My Life, 2016 Newbery Honor Book

Kids Wings
Grade Levels
5th - 8th, Homeschool
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129 pages
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Set in 1940 in London, England. War is breaking out as Hitler's Nazi forces begin their deadly march to seize control over Europe. But that is not the only war in 10-year-old Ada’s life. Abuse, pain, and isolation have been her constant companions. Will she be successful in joining the British children who are being evacuated to the countryside before Hitler's troops invade? This profound historical fiction story puts an unforgettable face on the Battle of Britain during World War II.

The 76-page Kids Wings Literature Guide and 53-slide Jeopardy-type game by Suzy Red invite your kids to interact, research, problem-solve, and experience life through the eyes of one disabled girl in 1940. The activities include:

Setting the Stage for World War II

Japan's Part in World War II

Where in the World is England? (map study)

Europe Today (map study)

The United Kingdom (map study)

Building Background About World War II, A 2-page Readers Theater Script

Research Club Foot

World War II Prereading Discussion Cards

Setting the Stage for Ada's Story

Anticipation Guide

Ada's Story, Prereading Discussion Cards

Ada's Plight, A 2-page Readers Theater Script

Ada's Growing Vocabulary

Picturing Word Pairs

Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions in Groups of 5 Chapters

Ada's Wars, Multiple Choice Comprehension, Chapters 1-5

Visualizing the Story: Chapters 1-5

War Approaches

Getting to Know Miss Smith, Crossword Puzzle, Chapters 6-10

The Hitler War Machine Rolls Over Europe

Puzzle: Greatness Expressed in Simple Words

Research: War Posters

Puzzle: A Secret Coded Advice from the Top

War Environment, Multiple Choice Comprehension, Chapters 1-5

Illustrate Your Favorite Events from Chapters 16-20

Butter, Church, and Bovril: Chapters 21-25

Christmas with Susan, Visualizing Chapters 26-30

The Bombing of Britain

Research: The Boer War

Research: Dunkirk

Analyzing Summaries of Chapters 31 and 32 (with projectable versions)

Analyzing Summaries of Chapters 33 and 34 (with projectable versions)

Illustrating and Writing a Summer Chapter 35

Visualizing Chapters 36-40

Writing Prompts

One War Ends, The Next Begins (Write the next chapter)

Showing Respect and Gratitude to Soldiers

A Special Pet

Good Timing


Objectives for the 9 Predict-Read-Confirm Pages

Pages enlarged for projection

Word Boxes for Crossword Puzzle

Challenge Versions of Puzzles

Answer Pages

This literature guide comes to you in both PowerPoint and PDF formats.

The Interactive Jeopardy-Type Game comes to you in PowerPoint.

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Total Pages
129 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 months
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